A day without your smartphone




Look around you, seriously take some time and look around you: Regardless of where you are as you read this Just take some time and look around. You will see that it is hard to survive in this age without TECHNOLOGY. In fact we cannot help but wonder how the generation passed survived without it.



2015: I was meeting my friend at 2pm and its five minutes past. I could wait a little longer, but I can also just Whatsapp her to find out right now where she is, what’s the hold up, is she running late? I reach into my bag and an involuntary wave of anxiety hits me. I’ve left my phone at home. I start thinking: how long should I wait? What if she’s really late? What if she’s gone to the wrong place? What if she’s here but we can’t see each other? What if she’s trying to cancel RIGHT NOW? How
can I start to get in touch with her? I don’t memorise mobile numbers anymore. I need an Internet connection. Maybe I can get on Facebook and message her? Where’s the nearest Internet cafe? At ten past 2pm she taps me on the shoulder and makes me jump. Worried for nothing.


2003: I am meeting my friend at 2pm. She was traveling into town. I arrived at the park on time and sat there reading a book, waiting for her bus to get in. Its five minutes past. It doesn’t even occur to me to start wondering where she is. I check my watch after a chapter. Twenty-five minutes past. I figure the Bus probably had some delays I calculated she would arrive at 3pm latest and if it exceeds I will go to the payphone and ring her mum’s house. I go back to my book. At ten minutes past 3pm she taps me on the shoulder and makes me jump.

Here are some of the things we were doing before the invention of Smartphones
  1.  You watched TV programs, instead of following everyone's tweets about it.
  2.  A single glowing screen was enough to hold your attention for 10 minutes.
  3.   If you wanted an opinion, you generally had to ask for it.
  4.   You had hobbies. Now you have apps.
  5.  You knew people's phone numbers.
  6.  You knew your own phone number.
  7.  It was easy to remain blissfully unaware of your ex's current love life.
  8. If you wondered how old Justin Timberlake is, you would just have to keep on wondering.
  9. There was no such thing as "phantom vibration." (Phantom vibration syndrome or phantom ringing is the perception that one's mobile phone is vibrating or ringing, when in fact the telephone is not doing so).
  10. You went out to local restaurants to figure out which ones had the best chicken wings.
  11. You could watch your favourite show, on the actual television, at the time it was broadcast.
  12. You actually used the phone book.
  13. You used a map that didn't have a glowing dot to show you where you were.
  14. You couldn't Photoshop your most goofy and unflattering photos—you had to admit that that's what you looked like, at least at that unfortunate moment.
  15. You could talk about stuff with your friends for hours—because you couldn't be sure who was right.
  16. You were blissfully unaware that your high school crush had acquired both a wife and a paunch (thanks, Facebook).
  17. You didn't check your phone 20 times during dinner.
  18. You knew the tellers at the local branch of my bank, and actually got to the bank before 4pm.
  19. You carried a little address book.
  20. You checked the paper or called the theatre for movie times.
  21. You jotted things down on scraps of paper (or napkins, or pieces torn from diner placemats, or…)
  22.   You listened to the radio to get the weather report—and made everyone shut up while you turned up the volume.
  23. You took pictures with a camera (and if you weren't carrying one, you missed the shot).
  24. You had road maps in your glove compartment.
  25.   You set an alarm clock to wake yourself up.
  26. You carried change in case you needed to use a payphone.
  27. You got there when you got there.
  28. You could make much better excuses for being late.
  29. You read a newspaper!
  30.  Dates were made via phone; and they had to actually walk to the front door to pick you up (no texting that they're "outside")
  31. You never knew what your friends were doing unless you…*gasp*…asked them.
  32. You made actual phone calls and had real conversations that were actually intimate and personal instead of texting.
  33. You wrote thank-you notes instead of emailing.
  34.  You had to have your wallet to buy anything.
  35. When you lost touch with someone, you thought you might really never see them again. Now you can stay friends forever.
 

   So the next time you are controlling your phone, just have it in mind it might actually be the phone that is controlling you phantom vibration syndrome is a proof that i am right.
         
      I would love to hear your thoughts. *Smiles*


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I believe love is a beautiful thing and everyone deserves to love and be loved. The contents of this blog is aimed at helping people become the right person so that they can find the right person. Enjoy!
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